dimanche 31 juillet 2011
Speaking about Schmoëlling, ''Purple Diluvial'' opens with a soft romantic piano. We would believe being exactly in the Schmoëlling times with this piano sensitive to suspended resonances which float in a mystic foggy. This superb introductory melody embraces a rhythmic moderated of nice crystal clear xylophone chords which chimed on a fluty synth to obsessive harmonies à la Underwater Sunlight. A synth chiselled by choirs, of which strata are melting skilfully between riffs and lamentations of a whinny guitar. That’s a heady finds which pique someone’s curiosity in this sequential maelstrom which spins on wild percussions, initiating a feverish and muddled rhythm which spins without really embracing a melodious pace. This musical effervescence melts in the tranquility of a linear synth where a piano roams on guitar riffs and softened choruses. Babylon the Great Has Fallen starts with a melancholic synth with a whistling more acute than harmonious. It’s a soft sequenced ballad which borrows a shimmering path with a striking melodious approach. A bit more and we would be in snivelling New Age so much it’s that soft. A slow introductory procession which artlessly overturns on a slowly syncopated rhythm which we didn’t expect with hatched riffs, a hemming bass and anvil percussions. Still there Quaeschning disconcerts with a fusion of choirs and sumptuous melodious strata to guitar riffs and juicy solos on a more incisive tempo and more frenzied sequences. It’s another superb track which shows a quite interesting talent in Thorsten Quaeschning.
Sylvain Lupari (2008)
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samedi 30 juillet 2011
"Rubycon 2010" gets a soundlift. After an intro filled with heterogeneous tones, the heavy sequence which is so much familiar to us jumps up with its unbridled chords which shape a nervous chaotic rhythmic accompanied by a bit more delicate synth. The big strength of this remix is doubtless the reconstruction of sequences and percussions which are more violent and noisy in halfway. As for the rest, "Rubycon 2010" offers an updated tone where we really seize the orientations to come from the Baumann, Franke and Froese trio. It’s good but was it necessary? As far as I’m concern it didn’t erase the feelings and nostalgia left by the original.
"Zulu" is the new unreleased track on this 6th Mini Cupdisc. And when I say unreleased, it’s with a vague hesitation so much I have the strange feeling of being in heard ground. Is it of the period of Tyranny of Beauty? Lily on the Beach or Destination Berlin? Because the sequences play is quite heavy even if fluid and is also near the Hiroshima series. I hesitate because that sounds so much as what Edgar made since the last15 years. It’s good but not really brilliant; especially that it precedes another remix in "Order of the Ginger Guild 2010" which is also very near "Zulu" sounding, exception made of the African choirs. I like this sequenced heaviness which sits in the middle of the track but I am not really a connoisseur of this Tangerine Dream era (1997) to draw a credible parallel. Let’s say that it’s a big synth pop rock. "Norwegian Wood" is a solid version recorded in studio, instead of the live version that we find on Under Cover-Chapter One, and it’s always as good.
There’s not a lot to talk about this 6th Mini Cupdisc from Edgar Dream. It’s evidently well done and it rocks solid. Edgar seems to have fast seized that the pockets of his new generation of fans seem deeper than those of his older's one. Them who never stop hoping in some brilliant moves from old Edgar and who cannot be resolved to get rid of this old girlfriend that gave us so many great moments.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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vendredi 29 juillet 2011
"Sadness of Echnaton Losing the World Child" floats on a beautiful fusion of synth and artificial voice. The rhythm is progressive and steady on chords from a well chiselled keyboard. The tempo is tribal with good percussions and well developed sound effects around a nosy guitar. By moment we would believe to hear Jerome Froese. On fossilized arrangements, Froese manages to extract a very rock musical structure with slinky synths filled by quite some ethereal spectral breezes. Cold and sometimes long, it’s a fiery track where the cup of tea risks to shake a lot, quite as on "Modesty and Greed"; a hard track which rocks the house on good percussions and sequenced movements à la Franke. Froese’s guitar is splendid and floats with ardour on icy rhythms, forgetting all subtleties and nuances in tones. The big weakness of this CUPDISC. Above that it’s another heavy and catchy track which rocks, like "Gleeful Poets Crying Softly" which has no same impact but possesses a tribal charm on great sequencing which sounds oddly like Hyperborea.
The honeyed side of teatime, coffee or fine herbs comes from "Man (Instrumental)" which came out of Madcap's Flaming Duty and which is without vocals here, but with vocal samplings! No matter what, I prefer this version. "Loved by the Sun", without Jon Anderson, is idem as the one on 86’s tour with a more incisive guitar. It’s a nice interpretation that’s worth the live recordings from this era. "Daughters of Time" is ethereal with a very crystal clear vocal sampling on balanced sequences. It’s a track which pours gently on a tribal ambiance and synths as melodious as the artificial voice.
Four new interesting tracks and two remixes as much interesting; Edgar is on fire! One Times One is a pleasant surprise where Edgar Froese makes a beautiful transition between the insipidities of the last years and the wonders of the 80’s. A nice find which however loosens an element of annoying coolness, requiring listening with scattered doses. Good but cold, as tea sometimes turns, with nice sequenced movements and Pappy Froese's so special guitar. No, Edgar is not still short of ideas but a bit of warmth would help.
Sylvain Lupari (2007)
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jeudi 28 juillet 2011
It is with hesitation that "D428C Part 3" settles down. Fine and crystalline arpeggios shining with a hybrid tone skip on a sober pulsation. Quietly the tempo is stealthily outlined. It’s slow and besieged by a multitude of chords which resound and cavort lazily until percussions liven up and hammer a pace as slow as heavy. A pace adorned by solos of a synth as sober as "D428C Part 3" structure which continues to vibrate towards its hybrid arpeggios. It’s all the opposite of "Mind Break" which offers a similar rhythmic structure but sharply more lively with nice Froese style synth solos. "Clayton’s Serenity" ends Berlin Experiment in softness and beauty. It’s a damn good track which starts with a heavy synth to resonant dialect. An intro a bit acid which becomes milder with beautiful mellotron veils surrounding "Clayton’s Serenity" of a strange and enchanting tranquility whereas that a fine bass line is coming out of it to pulse under this mellotron blanket which doesn’t succeed to contain these reverberating chords. Just before the 6th minute, and through this mellotron heaviness, emerges a fine sequential line provided with delicate hopping chords. Chords which draw a musical frame slightly, but uniformly, chaotic such as a fine spiral waving beneath the yoke of a mellotron threat. And percussions fall. They fall in a completely unexpected way and shape a great languishing and sensual tempo, as a beautiful long electronic slow dance, which thread one's way through this beautiful sequential movement and brings us near serenity.
As beautiful as described, Berlin Experiment is a very nice opus which brings us near an EM of a more contemporary Berlin School style. It’s a terrific musical journey in the lands of Tangerine Dream, of the Schmoëlling era, with just what it takes to awaken even more distant memories but always so delicious. There are small pearls on this opus where the accessibility goes alongside to a sometimes more complex approach but which is taming with all the nostalgic sweetness which submerges this Fred Yargui's first work.
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mardi 26 juillet 2011
When I’m talking about a band which looks for itself and, sometimes, misses cruelly of imagination "Mombasa (Tuareg Remix)" is the striking example. Taken from DM V, the musical structure of this track is nevertheless full of potential but Edgar, as Jerome, will never manage to blast off these static rhythms which go round in circles... around a synthesized voice. Placed here, "Zulu" seems to possess more charm and its bass and undulating sequences sound really better in this context that on the Zeitgeist Mini Cupdisc, except that in a long run it’s flat and boring. Please, give a little juice of arm my dear Edgar! Hum...I love this new version of "Going West 2009 ". It’s wilder and much nuanced at the same time. This version played in concert in Japan (Live Izu 2009) shows that the Baumann, Franke and Froese trio was really ahead of its time. The acoustic guitar makes contrast to Linda Spa's flutes and I find that it gives a quite new depth. I know that some hated … With its tinted approach with a strong melancholy and a pain to survive coming from his guitar shrill of lamentations on a soft slightly wave-like tempo, "Devotion" is one of The Endless Season's beautiful track, quite as "Breaching Sky" which is on the other hand more nervous. "Long Island Sunset on 2010 "? Can’t stand either! ''Paddington at Five" from Flame is always so frustrating. We have the feeling to go round in circles there. It seems to me that all the ingredients are there to make it an explosive track. This version of "Purple Diluvial" seems to me wilder with abrupt rhythmic changes and more nervous sequences. The differences are small but considerable. Both versions equal because they possess the same structures and modulations.
Lean years give a so-so compilation and Booster IV is less honest than the quality of its tracks. It seems to me that Edgar, or Eastgate, should have wait another year or even 2 years. But the damage is done, needs to be flatter and to find reasons for being there. The complete insertion of Purple Diluvial is a sensible and respectful choice for the fans that were not lucky to get this excellent mini CD. The Endless Season's tracks are also a good choice whatever I would also having chosen Virtue of Hope or The Seven Barriers instead of remixes of A Streetcar Named Desire or Dominion 2010 or Long Island Sunset 2010. That would have been different, while respecting Booster’s precepts. By the way, do they exist? In fact, all the possibilities are probable so much there are holes badly filled on these compilations which years after years are looking for a reason to being other than to make some cash. Not evident the world of Eastgate … No, not evident!
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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And if I started by talking about the new to say stuff? Let's go with "Mombasa". It’s a dark track which draws its origins on nasal synth lines and fine percussions to African flavours. The intro is particularly good except for choruses which remain as platonic as a cold distributing machine. On the other hand, Papy Froese exercises a beautiful control of his synth pads, which are rather sober, of which he does a skilful mixture with his guitar strata. The music is dramatic and increases gradually its level of intensity without really exploding, a little as on the Nagasaki albums where Edgar seems to want to keep any forms of explosive rhythms underground. In brief, it’s a long track in which the interest decreases with minutes hard to grape out. "Sunshift (Moonmother’s Mix)" was originally on Booster II. It’s a track that I hadn’t even noticed and which move on nervous sequencers, embracing the same endless structures that Edgar cheers for the last years where nothing is really going on and is original. A music with a pale rhythm where everything seems to lean on these damn mechanized vocalizes which remove any emotions out of those nice mellotrons, creating a sweet rhythmic paradox in a track of which the length has no justification. Third new release is "Astrophel and Stella (String Version)" and I got to say that it’s very good. It’s a nice remix which makes forget an insipid original nesting on an album to be forgotten and which takes a quite new form with its synthesized violins. I really liked "Remote Viewing" new mix. In fact, I quite like most of the retouches that Edgar is doing on TD’s original works. It doesn’t any harm. Even that sometimes it sounds better than the original as it’s the case here with a beautiful addition of percussions which suits quite well to the original sequences. It’s a nice remix that fills me well. Another remix that gives me an enormous pleasure is the one of "Kiew Mission" (I know, it is not a new released – as listed by Eastgate- but I want to speak about it) where I can finally appreciate the new mastering and the dust removal without getting stuck to myself with this damn mechanical voice which turns in loops on the very not necessary Birds In Search Of A Cage. These 2 remixes from Exit are particularly well done.
On numerous sites and Blogs devoted to Tangerine Dream, several fans describe "The Halloween Cast" as being Edgar's last wonder. Well diehards, I don’t want to upset you and be kind and pleasant to incur your sympathy but explain me what is so special about this track? After a droplet à la Meddle from Pink Floyd, choirs and whistling synth roam in a foggy before that the rhythm bites this funeral prayer. A tempo became cheerful where riffs of acoustic guitar are moulding to automatons keyboard keys which glean in a sound world stuffed with percussions. There are permutations in the rhythm which deviates towards a little Far West approach with nice guitar notes and a synth which whistles on the plain of percussions and sequences which tumble and tumble. In short, if we want to be honest, it drags on and Edgar looks like a one-man band with all these percussions (rather good I may add) which hammer a strongly orchestrated structure. But from there to shout to genius! There is a margin that I won’t cross. With its percussions slamming in a universe of mist, "Kilimandscharo" is of a beautiful melancholy. Edgar goes of beautiful guitar solos there to make dreaming on a structure used so many times by the same man. As if the originality and permutations in TONES was a thing that Edgar had left to his ex colleagues. Take ''Ayumi Loom's'' new version as example, it’s much diversified as in rhythms and orchestrations. When Edgar wants, he sure can!
In brief, Booster III ...well I’m looking carefully for my words but nothing comes in mind except that it’s an average compilation. How he could it be superior to Booster II when Thorsten Quaeschning (the new soul of TD which is not used enough) is not even there?
Sylvain Lupari (2009)
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lundi 25 juillet 2011
"Cloudburst Flight 2008" is among new tracks but not "Scrapyard 2008"! Try to understand something on Eastgate management! However these 2 new versions are more rock, with good guitars and synth solos in a Froesian ambiance. "A Streetcar Named Desire" is a real new think. It’s a track in the purest TDI mood which starts with an ethereal wave floating on a bass as discreet as choruses. The movement is livening up on a keyboard with flickering chords. The percussions come along and we are in the mould of the 90-00 years with the touch of Iris Camaa. Nothing very new there, it’s TD of what could be more simplistic and even Edgar seems to sweat behind his guitar. Another new track is "The Last Wave". It’s a pretty good one with a beautiful sequenced percussions play, encircled of nice wrapping strata and these damned insipid choirs that Edgar lugs everywhere on a tempo which crescendes with many feelings. Another new one? "Desert Dream" is classified as unreleased material when in fact it’s an extract of Monolith from Encore which was also on Tangent. Argh....
We have to wait until "La Boca Race" to really put something new in our ears. Another very Froesian track that smell the Pinnacles/Stuntman era with a nervous synth and mad sequencing which spins in wide loops. And yes... always those damn choirs. But I got to say that it’s quite a great track that will amaze more than one, quite as "Tomorrow Never Knows" reworked by Thorsten Quaeschning. "Sunshift" is another unreleased track which seems to be coming out of the Hiroshima project with its morphic approach which grows on a nervous sequence but surrounded with very pronounced chorus. "Beyond the Cottage and the Lake" is a superb melody which goes out of Legend mould. One would almost believe to hear a remix.
Don’t get me wrong here; Booster Vol. II is a nice and good compilation. If you possess everything from TD, it’s still worth it because certain new tracks and remixes are very good. And I got to say that the tracks selection is quite thoughtful and I also like a lot the versions of "Cloudburst Flight" and "Scrapyard". We doubtless find there good moments of TD from the 2007 and 2008 eras (Yep...) annexed to other tracks from an imprecise period. It’s heavier and more rock electronic with good arrangements. In fact there is really no weakness on Booster Vol. II except at the level of the marketing... which is a big lie.
Sylvain Lupari (2008)
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Another TD compilation! And is it really necessary to talk about it? I think so, because Booster is a different collection that TDI (or is it rather K-Tel?) is used to offering. A 2CD that has certain charms for Tangerine Dream collectors. And God knows that there at least 500 or 600, maybe more...But enough kidding and let’s talk about that double set compilation rather short on time because there is enough room for more material, at least 40 minutes empty to put more of Ça Va - Ça Marche - Ça Ira Encore, Space Flight Orange, 40 Years Roadmap To Music or Metaphor.But I guess that’s the way it works when greediness takes over rational. It gives compilations that have all the appearances of traps for idiots.
With Booster we are far from being in the kingdom of great music. It’s pure contemporary TD; cold, acid and devoid of sound creativity. Edgar is definitively the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of contemporary e-music, because there is a whole world of difference between both opuses of Nagasaki, these EP on this compilation, the remixes as well as the new tracks which seem to be created on artificial feelings. We find 3 out of print EP which are sold at high price on Ebay; One Night in Space, Bells of Accra and Sleeping Watches Snoring In Silence. We also have extracts of Metaphor, 40 Years Roadmap to Music, Space Flight Orange, Ça Va - Ça Marche - Ça Ira Encore, remixes and 2 new tracks that aren’t absolutely worth the spending.
Of course, those who have all these EP are also targeting be Eastgate which considers them as compulsive buyers with this advertising: "Of course you will hear music you've probably heard before -- no-one forces you to stress your credit card again! :-). But for some of you it will become a collector's item as a pack of tracks which definitely will become 'classics' out of the first decade of the new musical Century. The first 200 CDs will come with a signed card by Edgar Froese himself." Hum … Genius as advertising stratagem. So, are TD hard fans and collectors innocents and simpletons? According to Eastgate promotional citation, it looks like it.
As new releases we find "All Thirsty Angels Pass" and "World Away From Gagaland", 2 tracks to soft structures and very New Age which have nothing to do with the heavy rhythmics to technoïd tendencies that the Dream is pushing in our ears with track as "Lady Monk"."Big Sur and the Orange from Hieronymus Bosch" can be interesting if Goblins Club or Tyranny of Beauty had an effect on you. It’s a nice track but which doesn’t brings anything new in TD’s world with light rhythm and felted guitar. Logos is slightly modified with more hammering percussions while Tangram (Chin Part) would have made it on any Dream Mixes. On the other hand if you don’t have any of those EP, I think that the purchase of Booster can be a good thing, because there are good tracks as Bells of Accra, where Edgar finds a breath of creativity, Hyper Sphinx (Yes I do like the honeyed guitar) and Metaphor which is however incomplete.
Booster is another Tangerine Dream compilation which has the defect to be incomplete and incondescendant, as high as Edgar and his accountants can be. But I also do believe that the advertising quotation spreads the values of Eastgate and that the fans should protest by a boycott. But I also know that there is and still will be always impulsive fans that will hang on to the Dream. But who doesn’t?
Sylvain Lupari (2007)
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samedi 23 juillet 2011
"Beneath the Roots of all Things" is a very good track which takes root with a guitar to echoing loops rolling on pulsations from the bass-drum. It’s a track which takes Arabian airs with a good steady tempo, where synths and guitar trade riffs and solos which transcend in a tribal world with oriental fragrances. Short, catchy and efficient, "Beneath the Roots of all Things"s refrain is the kind that creates earworms. "Ground Connection" is a long mesmerizing minimalist track which starts with a delicate synth wave, adorned by fine bells’ ringing and guitar notes a bit discreet. The synth singing is surrounded by a fine reverberation from where begins a subtle caravans of dunes procession with a bass line with weak undulations and Tabla percussions. And "Ground Connection" will evolve in a minimalism mode on its long journey wrapped with light riffs of guitars and synths as well as spectral layers of a synth to Arabian aromas. A little after the 16th minute, the tempo increases gradually but without ever exploding. It follows a hypnotic tangent, draped that it is by multiple layers of synths and guitars, and always livened up by latent and hypnotic tribal percussions which will guide it towards a more astral finale.
Ground Connection is a very nice album which unties the links which are entangling between progressive, psychedelic and electronic music. WintherStormer reached his) musical maturity by offering an album where the harmonies are more present and less scattered than on his previous works. If the album is less caustic than Electric Fairytales it remains nevertheless more nuanced and accessible, thanks to a very delicate subjugating melodious approach. Except for "Connection Lost", which can be difficult of approach, the rest of Ground Connection is taming as easily as its progressive bewitchment.
BAJKAL RECORDS: 222020
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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Noises, heterogeneous sound, rolling in waves in a cosmos sparkling of sounds limpidity open Cucumber Salad. It’s an intro high in acoustic colors which unlocks on a heavy sequence to eroded hesitations. A sequence which hiccups a tempo with chaotic undulations, wrapped of a beautiful fluty mellotron and vaporous keyboard keys which recall the musical years of Tangerine Dream. Once these 3 first minutes gone, Cucumber Salad takes a more accessible musical direction, while maintaining its aura of complexity where a rhythm is skipping nervously and measures beautiful mellotron pads which float around the lamentations of an electric guitar and twisted synth solos. Odes at once spectral and attractive which sail in shady waters, purified by moments of nice vaporous stratums which sometimes ease and sometimes illuminate this pace built in abrupt and random beats. For the Love of all Things Electronic present another side of WintherStormer. A WintherStormer clearly more musical and poetic which spreads beautiful ethereal layers from which oniric sounds waltz around soft pulsations which shape a thin languishing pace. An impromptu sensuality which is taking refuge in soft waves à la Göttsching guitar, from which solos glides among a cadence a bit accentuated by the striking of a heavy drum and encircled by reverberating circles, bringing a surrealist touch to a beautiful music inspiring for making love.
Rising Ashes intro is plunging us again into the very psychedelic and multicolored musical universe of WintherStormer with an elongated intro where cosmic tones flood in with an acuteness worthy of an anarchical world. At around the 7th minute, a soft pace pierces this oxidized din to mold a nervous rhythm which rests on good percussions, a strong bass structure and a fusion guitar / synth which explodes a ferocity equal to the hammerings of a more and more punctuated drum that’s getting solidarity of this rhythmic which becomes more and more furious. This psychedelic heaviness crosses less ardent corridors where steams of ethereal Berlin School moderate the aggressiveness of a structure which spreads its striking to the heterogeneous meanders of its intro. It’s a heavy and long track, faithful to Woodwork frame, which pursues its sound imprints on the title track which is a fusion of noises and diverse tones shaping brief musical inserts in a rebellious sound universe.
Electric Fairytales shows the commitment of WintherStormer for music without borders and identities. Music which oscillates between some very daring psychedelic moments and beautiful electronic passages that are situated in the era of Schulze and Ashra Tempel. It’s an album where the creative paradoxes swim contrary to the harmonious poles, but which is taming a little better than Woodwork. For very curious and risky ears!
BAJKAL RECORDS: 222018
Sylvain Lupari (2010)
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vendredi 22 juillet 2011
Heavy and stationary, "Omnipotence" begins with pads of a synth violin while percussions fall and shape a curt but heavy tempo and while the bass stretches its heavy notes. We enter in a more orchestral sphere of Heart with many hatched violin pads which provide an orchestration of the most unpredictable. A synth embraces this languid rhythm which evolves inside the parameters of paranormal with a very dark approach, schizoid and imprinted by mystery with these hardly perceptible lamentations which hoot in secret beneath resonant guitar layers which are crumbling in fabulous solo. A punchy beat, sometimes ethereal, "Omnipotence" progresses on a tempo permuting subtly in a heterogeneous sound fauna wrapped of nice strata from a little bit metallic synth and a heavy pulsating bass, but above all a very Crimsonian ambiance. More rhythmic and very aggressive, "Odilon" offers also a structure very near the Crimson soils, in particular because of the demonic guitar and percussion beatings à la Bruford and also bass notes which harpoon a rhythm between free jazz and post progressive due to its structures as unpredictable as modern psychedelic. It is heavy, incisive, jerky and sometimes very fluid and it is also ground up by a very aggressive guitar. You shouldn’t trust the rather honeyed intro of "Heavily Dependent", because the track topples over a universe of the most anarchic where the rhythmic and harmonious structures of "Omnipotence" and "Odilon" are seen again and corrected with a more daring, heavy and just as much unpredictable approach, where quixotic violins scrape the pulsating rhythm while making it waltz between cacophony and melody. Let’s say that it’s a track for well evolved ears. Selected for an Austrian advertising "Alluvium" is Heart 2nd ballad and a very good one otherwise. It’s an electronic ballad which evolves on the other hand on a heavy rhythm and which begins with delicate twinkling arpeggios which make the flock on a tempo weighs down and slows down by good drum strikes. At once taciturn, sensual and heavy Alluvium progresses with wonderful tinkled notes which cross of tender and dense layers of a docile synth which flees its solos and hooting loops in a din tamed by its soft arpeggios which go and come, reminding us all the sweetness which is at the origin of this great track. Very beautiful! "A Change of Heart" concludes Heart with a track which has very elaborated orchestrations on lighter rhythms. A rhythmic structure which is a little less complex even if constantly evolving where everything rests on the strangeness of sounds and a very progressive philharmonic approach. Although evolutionary, the rhythm remains alive on beatings of more fluid and clear drum and the harmonies are being made by a synth with light solos which mixes marvellously the symphonic approach to a little more soppy progressive rock.
I have to admit that it is with an obvious apprehension that I approached the music of The Redundant Rocker. I imagined a musical abstract world where the sound fauna and the heterogeneous noises would fill the minutes, but it was all the opposite. Heart is a powerful album where the sound effects accompany an EM which goes out of its bed to flirt with a more rock, indie and progressive approach on surprising rhythmic structures to unpredictable forms. Always melodious structures, even in the most anarchic and intense moments, when each of 9 tracks of Heart possess a musical imprint of a previous track, pushing even farther the already very fickle musical reflection of the tandem Wöstheinrich / Reuter. You can get the album as a free download at; http://iapetus-store.com
UNSUNG RECORDS: UR009CD
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mardi 19 juillet 2011
A rhythm galloping on notes of wriggling guitars and undulating bass gives to "Sensitive Chaos" a curious western- indie structure. A catchy rhythmic structure to subtle variations that I can imagine quite well as a track in a Tarantino off-the-wall western movie. "Thoughts of Home in a Sand Storm" offers a jerky structure rhythmic where chords and pulsating sequences are criss-crossing to those of a synth / keyboard with curious cackled tones. A soft and warm synth, as in "L’Ascension," wraps of its warm layers this tempo which stutters of a greater intensity. It’s kind of odd, a little like the title-track, but it is a nice listen because of the discreet and subtle sound fauna which revolves around a rather unexpected rhythmic structure."Psychic Twins of Gemini" is a kind of electronic bed song which swirls of its delicate crystalline arpeggios. A track of an incredible simplicity, because of its timeless sound glass carousel, "Psychic Twins of Gemini" charms by its cherub approach. I quite liked it. Percussions and felted pulsations flutter while notes of bass and riffs of guitars fall to drown into keyboard keys, so drawing the very ambiguous and unusual rhythm of "Simon Stilites Dreams of Rain", a very IDM track. Heavy layers and twisted solos from a caustic guitar are binding in this very metallic fusion where knocks of anvil percussions are fading in this very iridescent which is hiding a subtle approach of a lonely cowboy avoiding discreetly the places of his riot. This latest album of Sensitive Chaos also offers two versions of the title-track "Seeker after Patterns" for radio needs. It is the same track but divided in 2 parts. The 2nd part starts from the section of piano notes floating in a mellotron mist. I prefer the original version, but what radio needs...
The music of Sensitive Chaos isn’t the most known in the spheres of modern EM. It’s not Berlin School, not even techno, but a skillful mixture of various styles which bind themselves in beautiful minimalist structures. Catchy structures where we perceive all the artistic work achieved by Jim Combs. I already heard, and reviewed, Leak back in 2006 and I come to the same conclusions there; Sensitive Chaos creates flowery experimental music with a minimalist approach which allows dressing its musical structures of different variations and instrumentations. Pleasant compositions which are listening very well and shelter nice melodies here and there.
SUBSEQUENT RECORDS: SRI001-03
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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Here's Sensitive Chaos website: http://sensitivechaos.com/
The beginning of Painting Earthtones In Orbit exploits the rung notes with inaudible synthetic voices. The rhythm takes shape in loop on felted percussions and a good bass line. The rhythm increases on synthetic pads which seem to be sought, but tablas percussions hammer the beat on a confused rhythm, nearer a static atmosphere than a sequenced evolution. Short, but sweet Bullet Train could have made the intro of my favourites adventures or police television stories of my youth. The percussions are incredibly corrosive. Nightshift At The baby Mecha Nursery is the only studio track of Leak and finishes in the same harmonious and rung atmosphere which made the charm of this first effort of Sensitive Chaos.
Sensitive Chaos’s Leak is an experimental EM album. The rhythms are balanced between the rung keyboard keys and percussions to varied essences and sources. With a structure definitely more abstract than the conventional EM, Sensitive Chaos manages to maintain a harmonious level which captivates the attention. And a title as Starry Night is not with the range of any kind of composer. A very beautiful track, on an album which is overcome rather easily. For fans of experimental music, with a very harmonious side.
Sylvain Lupari (2007)
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lundi 18 juillet 2011
Awenson, who was known under the name of Awen on these days, kicks things off with the core of the boiling Witche’s Trance from the album Shadow. A track which is a powerful mixture of Schulze and Tangerine Dream styles of the vintage years. Here there is no floating intro. Witche’s Trance tumbles with great heavy sequences hits of which chords cavort on a wave-like movement. Tom-toms hammer an echoing tempo which is flew over by acid and metallic synth layers which tear a heavy psychedelic atmosphere with blows of synthesized claws. The rhythm is furious and spits its sequences and unbridled percussions, surrounded by incredible twisted solos from a weighty and nasal synth. Simply powerful, even if extremely minimalist! Nightbirds, from whom it’s the very first time that my ears cross their music, follows with a nice minimalist carousel in System Merge Part I. Calm and mesmerizing, with some sparkling of cymbals, System Merge Part I turns delicately on sequences and arpeggios which skip slightly among beautiful mellotron pads. This gyrating arpeggios’ dance is fading away in a mist filled of lamentations and metallic streaks while being fly over by iridescent shouts. It’s a steel kind atmospheric finale imprinted of a multitude of composite and experimental sound effects which spoils a bit the beauty of its intro. La Dixième Dune’s intro is punctuated with this fusion of silvery sounds which are intermingling to delicate layers of a soft romantic synth. A synth from where appears a fluty sonority which fly over a series of sequences moulding a hesitating tempo which feel one’s way, indulging Bertrand Loreau's very fluid melodious style. Subtly, this entire introduction with fragmented harmonies converges on a structure to divided melodies which flows with an astounding sweetness beneath a soft synth and a string of sequences sparkling of a chords multiplicity to echoing doubloons on a fine rhythm with hypnotic pulsations. And, towards finale, violin strings tear up this mesmerizing arrhythmic march with soft slow and poignant movements, leaving room to a delicate sequence which swirls sensitively, depicting Bertrand Loreau’s entire romantic universe.
Olivier Briand's Libourne Dream’s is doubtless the most amazing surprise of this concert. It’s a track of a strange complexity where the rhythmic approaches postpone beneath superb influences of Tangerine Dream from Hyperborea and Poland years. A very abstruse track due to its phases which are linking, Olivier Briand reproduces a hybridity of TD’s which join these albums (No-Man's Land and Tangent) on atmospheres of a surrealist jungle, rhythms in constant permutation and wonderful amalgams electronic sequences / percussions. Very good and especially very impressive, I don’t recall having heard being so near of the Dream sonorities of Poland years. There was indeed Danger in Dream, but this Libourne Dream's is very different, especially with its out of tune violins which borrow the paths of Beatles in Sgt Pepper years. Simply brilliant, Hat to you Olivier! Christian Richet is a whole character in the universe of French EM. Very unpredictable, he is capable of melodies as cacophony. Here with Live at L. - The First Step, he offers a powerful and strange cacophonous parade tinted of an edifying paranoiac delirium. Heavy pulsations are building the canvas and mellotron strata fall as axes to tear this secret passage which take desperate spirits, trying to escape the Black Hand. Horrifying and extremely uncomfortable, the ambiance which is reigning through in this demoniac track is of a heaviness and metallicity to cute all the gathered breaths, even if the finale throws a stalk of harmony. A curt and jerky harmony which tries to avoid this infernal tempo. Fairway / Seabirds from JC Allier is a track in two movements. Fairway is a powerful minimalism movement with strong sequenced beatings which strum heavily a circular tempo. Keyboard / synth chords dance, sing and are courting on a circular movement which turns until drown itself in the waves of Seabirds and its nice approach of a melancholic fluty synth that a more wonderful piano accompanies with its nostalgic notes which fall as tears of souls.
Closed Encounters of Electronic Music carries admirably its naming because we are discovering in it an impressive variety of EM. Honestly, and without complacencies, I don’t see how one couldn’t like this opus so much it covers a vast ground of EM styles. There is of everything in this compilation which is nevertheless drawing in only 6 tracks; stationary ambient to curt, wild and dark rhythms with long melodious surges which fit so well the varied temperaments that can live in us. There are reminiscences of vintage Berlin School quite as those Dream last strikes of genius. It is an excellent compilation which shows that there are effectively lot of things happening in the lands of Jean Michel Jarre, Space Art, Frédéric Mercier and the other pioneers of the 70’s French EM.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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vendredi 15 juillet 2011
A spatial wind blows on cosmic plains of the solar system of Sequenzer. Sequenzer I opens this sequential quest with a suave and warm breeze which waves among a pleiad of sound effects and galactic white noises while a synth wave comes to caress of its chant heavenly bodies and stars. A fine sequence is waddling by alternating its delicate beatings. The synth is soft and whispers cosmic and celestial singings on a minimalist sequential movement which sets a hypnotic rhythm encircled by cosmic effects. Soft and poetic, Sequenzer I offers a superb oniric intro whereas that synth lines float and breathe of their astral songs, among serpentines which flow such as sidereal larva, in a cosmos livened up by a tender spellbinding sequence. At around the 9th minute, the first hits of cymbals and percussions isolate a sequence which strums the same chord, while synth solos fuse and are writhing in a cosmic whirlwind shaken by percussions beatings and syncopated sequences. A sumptuous concert of solos follows. Solos which float and fly over a rhythm slightly modified by a more circular approach with its stroboscopic sequences and pounding striking. Sequenzer II goes on the ashes of I with alternative sequences which strum of 3 successive chords a minimalist rhythm spinning in a hoop which seems timeless. The synth lays delicate nasal layers, throwing a stalk of solemnity to Sequenzer II. Nice layers which awaken reminiscences of Klaus Schulze and his stratified organs pads. A synthesized choir accompanies this solitary sequential dance, jamming organs movements and intruding the return of those white galactic noises and sound effects. Sequenzer III begins with fine hatched pads which form a slight tempo immediately covered by a soft mellotron synth. A synth from which strata waltz slowly, mixing its layers with oniric vocal lines. It’s a very nice intro sunken in ether and which makes us travel among stars and constellations on a supple rhythm fed by fine modulations and knotted by great solos. The more we move in Sequenzer III and the more the hold of cosmic noises are squeezing around solos whereas the rhythm permutes towards a more livened up tangent towards the second half. The resemblance with Magnetic Fields is striking, but imprinted by fine subtleties with a harder and curter rhythm, but synths and spatial white noises which wrap the arrhythmic union of percussions and sequences aren’t lying regarding the influences of MoonSatellite. After a more ambient and always so cosmic Sequenzer IV, which is not without recalling Oxygene V’s atmospheres, Sequenzer V engages with heavy circular sequences which hiccup of a jerky tempo. A heavily minimalist tempo, fed by powerful pulsations and synth pads, which spins towards a more supple rhythmic with the arrival of percussions and synth layers, just before that it’s calming down by cosmic sound effects and more suave and bewitching lines of synth.
If Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze have their emulators' legions, why not Jean Michel Jarre who knew how to build his own musical entity in a world where the imagination cuts itself short of audacious artificial arpeggios? But beyond this resemblance with Jean Michel Jarre, MoonSatellite is another interesting discovery of the French collective of EM, PWM Distrib which determinedly seems to become established, and it is very well so, in the musical firmament that is EM. A place that belongs to France with full rights cause if EM of Berlin School style takes root in Germany, it’s for sure in France that it got connected with fans and press flying thus recognition and a certain success.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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Here's MoonSatellite website:
You can also view a video of Sequenzer Part I on YouTube:
mercredi 13 juillet 2011
Velvet Voyage is a long synthesized voyage where Schulze juxtaposes his synth strata on a slow musical development where tempo turns subtly into a sinuous tempo. The effect of solitude is hunting. We are in full floating implosion, which move finely on uncertain movements, giving thus a conflicting heaviness. A synth to multiple breezes of mist opens the first lines. We enter into a beautiful spectral environment with synth lamentations of mermaids with deformed singings which flow among dramatic Farfisa effects. Keyboard pads float in a beautiful orchestral ambiance while fine oscillations make progress the gliding rhythm of Velvet Voyage which presents, I have to admit, a superb oniric intro. An intro which becomes more caustic and silvered iridescent a little after the 5th minute with a curious choral which goes of hatched singings Velvet Voyage takes back its rights on ambient cosmic with wonderful synth layers which are moving as floating shadows in a fauna filled of chanted lamentations. Sounding as quixotic violins synth layers hove over a nice line of a vaporous bass to deaf implosions, while various e-noises of a foreign cosmos appear to guide Velvet Voyage towards a soft sequenced waddling. Crystalline sequences which sparkle and shine more than they pulse, guiding us so towards a 2nd hypnotic part filled with great synth solos which sing under the impetus of a bass just awakened enough to feed this delicate daydreamer rhythm.
Glass sequences alternate and skip with an innocent fragility on Crystal Lake's opening, my very first musical favourite from Schulze. It’s simply a superb hypnotic and a minimalism sequential movement which is joined by another sequential line, in a more fluid waddling, which dances as angels bypass on a delicate crystalline structure. A fluid sequential movement with tones of multiple bells draws this sound horizon in crystal notes. Synth layers to variable intonations espouse this movement of a crystalline carousel which shines in an increasing crescendo where droning of synth hove on top of this maelstrom with notes as much acute than bass. Minimalism, circular and catchy the movement becomes more dramatic in the 2nd half moved by surges of a mordant bass line which give a waving effect to these heavy impulses livening up this slow quiet bed of roses. Solitary, a synth hangs its breath on this background of bass lines. Fine notes pierce the crystal silence and are feeding on their echoes, propelling the movement in a synthesized tornado a little bit as the one on Velvet Voyage to spin of their resonances and float of their symphonic solos. It’s a gorgeous track which, in spite of its lengths (phenomenon inherent to minimalist works), is a pure classic of Schulze primary era and of which this sequential movement will feed many other works of contemporary EM.
What had been more beneficial in the listening and the analysis of Big in Japan is certainly the renewed desire to hear again Mirage, as well as the other old Schulze works, with a quite new approach. I hardly made a link between the sequential spheres of influence of Velvet Voyage and Crystal Lake. In fact, I rediscovered a splendid album which is a piece of art. An album filled of subtle nuances and sequenced progressions which are always flooded in the dream or the crystal. I just can’t tell you how much it will have its place in your cd collection but try to find the Island or Thunderbolt edition instead of the SPV which sounds a bit metallic and cold. You will find those, at great prices, on eBay!
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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You can also view a wondeful video of Crystal Lake on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-ycKjR_6fg
lundi 11 juillet 2011
Builds according to the same precepts, Dark Light is nevertheless warmer with its synthesized approach more musical than caustic, although the heterogeneous elements of silvered streaks are always omnipresent, in particular towards finale. But it’s a long dark and cosmic track which begins by a suave synth breeze hooting among tones as caustic as cosmic, including astral gongs which resound around delicate modulations being transformed into delicious solo. In spite of quiet inherent to its naming, Chamane is a duel between serenity and anxiety. A long 22 minutes track it starts with a distant light wind which is shaping to keyboard pads to move backwards and forwards in a mysterious ethereal mist. It’s a soft introspective procession which is quickly swallowed by resonant metallic hoops which hem in loops. And throughout its evolution, Chamane will borrow the astral charms of Armageddon and Dark Light to confront them with an odd aggressiveness to synth layers and streaks with tones of bellicose metal. It’s a long journey in the lands of Irrlicht and Picture Music but with a steel sonority that sometimes can be annoying. But a little before the 17tth minute spot, a delicate dangling impregnates by a synthesized charisma too absent in Shadows comes to wheedle these ears a little fatigued by this very cold and abstract sound incursion, showing that Joël Bernard can do much more than sclerosis abstract music.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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Although very ambient, the introduction of Shangri La is very musical with its waves of synth at once caustic biting and celestial which cross a universe of cosmic meditations where every movement is juxtaposing to those already in place. Towards the 15th minute a warm cosmic wave wraps this colourful intro, both in tones and essences, to bring it a little farther in the land of stars. From caustic to cosmic, Shangri La livens up of an electronic life with this floating mellotron veil which meets sequences of which fine resonances are multiplying the number. Arrhythmic pulsations jump up in a strange cosmic fauna where synths reborn of their nasal breezes and mellotron wings are moving such as astral spectres. We are beyond 20 minutes and Joël Bernard's synth makes his solos floating in a long spatial crusade where pulsations travel as asynchronous transmissions and where Vangelis tones wander with those of Schulze and Kistenmacher before falling again into the notes of this stringless sitar which had given birth to this long epic to strange eclectic tones. As its naming suggests Inner Light is a long introspective quest moved by slow synth waves seeking for contact with our cerebral cortex. Although ambient and totally devoid of rhythms, the slow oscillations that are droning draw threadlike synthesized strands which resound slowly forming an odd sound screen where we can hear the making of astral choirs. It’s a strange musical experience that has more depth if we listen to it at high volume and will please for sure fans of Steve Roach's long musical quests. More dramatic with its huge of musical tolls which resound in heavy synth layers, Fairies Gate closes this long cosmic escapade with a track without sequences but full of glaucous oscillations which resound in a strange musicality. Purely ambient and completely atmospheric, Fairies Gate is an incursion in the hidden and unknown side of a cosmos that can hide indeed some horrifying "gosthiques "creatures.
Beyond the Galaxies is a real cosmic musical journey. A very special musical experience the rhythm is building on impulses and where the sound wealth abounds with more intensity and heat than on Awenson first 2 works. A Awenson which seems to have reached his cosmic maturity with an ambient album as much powerful and poetic as works of Steve Roach and Michael Stearns. If we always perceive the influence of Klaus Schulze, and even Vangelis, it’s doesn’t wrap nor annuls all the personality of the French synthesist who goes out of his shell to produce a more personal album. We are feeling quite well the big lines that will lead him on the way to the wonderful Wizard one year later.
Sylvain Lupari (2011)
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